The Cal Bears are 1-1 on the season, with their victory coming this past Saturday against FCS member Southern Utah.
Cal lost its opener to Nevada 31-24, and one week later, they only led the Thunderbirds 20-17 going into the fourth quarter, before scoring 30 and rolling 50-31; so the Bears still appear to be finding their game.
When they are clicking, it’s because their stable of running backs are moving the ball. Their rushing offense is 31st in the nation early on this season with Isi Sofele pacing them. He has 24 carries for 129 yards and a score. CJ Anderson has also chipped in with 19 carries for 112 yards and a touchdown, while Daniel Lasco only has 2 carries, but they’ve traveled 77 yards, and he also has a TD.
Quarterback Zach Maynard’s main targets are receivers Keenan Allen or Chris Harper. Allen was named a preseason Heisman candidate by Phil Steele and a preseason All-Pac-12 player by a number of media outlets. However, it’s been Harper leading the way for Cal. The freshman has 12 catches for 151 yards and a touchdown.
Their defense has struggled, giving up an average of 411 yards and have allowed exactly 31 points in both games they have played thus far. At the same time, they’ve only forced 3 turnovers.
On special teams, the Bears can be explosive. Allen is the main factor there. Last week he carried one back 69 yards for his first career punt-return touchdown. Cal’s field goal kicker, Vincenzo D’Amato, has a career long of 47 yards, and he’s 4/5 on the season.
Ohio State plays California this upcoming Saturday at noon on 97.1 The Fan.